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The Gong Bell Mfg. Co.'s Big Fightin' Fish set, consisting of an 11-inch plastic fish with wind-up fins, that fights on land or in water when hooked, and a plastic rod and reel, line and metal lure, is sure to meet the approval of the pint-size aspirant. The price, $4.68, will certainly please the parents.
Young sailors will be delighted with a new 16-inch toy catamaran, made in West Germany. The twin hulls, styled in light blue plastic, are decked with natural wood and carry a dark blue or white mainsail and jib. Called the Sea Rover, it costs $14.98 at Bloomingdale's (Lexington Ave. and 59th St., New York City). For the sailor who thinks in terms of single hulls, Saks Fifth Avenue Toy Shop in New York City, has a full-sail racing yacht with a birch hull, measuring about four feet from bowsprit to stern. The yacht itself is 4� feet high. An exclusive French import, it costs $79.95.
Robert D. Kronenberg, an experienced small-boat racer, has a perfect gift for the young small-boat owner: a chrome-plated, plastic-sailed fleet of six 2-inch scale models of any one of the popular one-design classes (Lightning, Snipe, Thistle, etc.). Three racecourse buoys, a committee boat and directional arrows to show current and tide come with the set. Originally designed as an official protest kit, it provides a graphic aid to racing plans and discussions. The price is $11.95, and the kit can only be purchased by mail (108 East 81 St., New York City).
The young nature lover will find F.A.O. Schwarz's exclusive Forest Tree House an intriguing, albeit expensive ($75), indoor toy. Built like a hollow tree stump (14 x 27 inches), with a hinged door, it includes a miniature bear family and a dozen other woodland animals.
THE STATUS SEEKER
The horse-loving status seeker will find his ego immeasurably bolstered by F.A.O. Schwarz's exclusive, $8.95 Horse and Tack Room Set (below). The chestnut-colored horse, which stands 7� inches high, is cleverly jointed so that a little pressure on his back makes him walk, and a tug on the reins brings a quick response from his head. Schwarz also has an imported Wooden Horse Van that comes with four 4-inch flocked horses. This set costs $13.95.
A most unusual gift whose modern design would add beauty to any miniature status seeker's shelf is a Swiss-made, hand-carved Noah's Ark. The ark, which measures 22 inches in length, is set on hidden wheels and has 10 pairs of animals and birds on board, made of natural wood, with touches of light natural tints. The roof is removable. Described by Bloomingdale's as "an heirloom gift," it costs $59.95.